Texans: It’s time to take action against the Amazon / Internet Sales Tax | RedState

State governments are timid beasts. So often the country will refuse to move in a new policy direction unless one state jumps out ahead and acts first. In the past, California was often the dynamic frontrunner. Now, Texas is increasingly the example that other states ought to follow.

When it comes to the Amazon Tax, or the plan to change the tax laws in Texas to punish Amazon for out-competing its competitors, it looked like Texas was ready to lead in the the right direction. Governor Rick Perry vetoed HB 2403, the initial attempt at passing a special Amazon Tax in the state.

But the forces of tax-and-spend politics haven’t given up yet. Even as Texas celebrates its first all-funds spending reduction in decades, it seems like some people haven’t given up on raising taxes. So, the Amazon tax was re-inserted into SB 1 in the special session.

No matter what bill it’s in, a special Internet Sales Tax is a bad idea, and takes Texas in the wrong direction.

Conservative think tanks and activist groups are aligning against the proposal. However the sneaky bit about this second attempt at the new tax is that Governor Perry does not have a line item veto. So it’s time to put pressure on the legislature to fix SB 1 for smaller, Constitutional government.

via Texans: It’s time to take action against the Amazon / Internet Sales Tax | RedState.

One Reply to “Texans: It’s time to take action against the Amazon / Internet Sales Tax | RedState”

  1. One has to wonder why tax and spend politics ramps up when a good competitor like Amazon is doing so well in business. Is it the engine of growth that attracts or the envy of that growth that distracts? Other online providers just can’t keep up. The natural reaction becomes: Keep up, if not by competition, then by taxation. Taxation allows for spending. That means Amazon would be spending more in business to compete, and other online providers would be spending less to compete. Other online providers are using the government and the taxpayer to gain its competitive edge. On the other hand, what they could do is become more competitive in their own right – improving their own companies and Amazon as well.


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